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Making Standards Work for All Students

Most states are establishing some form of academic standards–goals for student learning that define what students should know and be able to do at different stages of their school careers. However, while many people agree with standards in principle, they often have very different ideas about how to make them work in practice: focus on accountability, quality testing and incentives; focus on providing needed resources and support; and focus on flexibility and local control. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda was developed for community conversations, classrooms, study groups, and individuals.

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework dialogue materials are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Choicework dialogue materials present alternative perspectives on an issue, highlighting the pros, cons and tradeoffs of going down different paths. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily engage.

Resource Link: www.publicagenda.org/pubengage/pe_toolkit.cfm

Download the guide for free, or purchase the video for $20.

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